Remove Cooking Odor Smells and Odors with Odorox/Pyure Hydroxyls
There are few things more frustrating than being in a home, whether it is yours or a friend’s, and being unable to concentrate or enjoy yourself because of a bad smell in the space. When there is a bad odor in the house, especially if it is coming from prior cooking, it is impossible to relax and enjoy yourself without thinking about how to eliminate kitchen odors.
One problem that goes hand-in-hand with cooking is trying to get rid of the smell of cooking when you are done with your meal. While any kind of cooking or baking will produce odors that you will want to remove from your home, there are some culprits that everyone immediately recognizes that can be very unpleasant. If you have ever fried onions, baked fish, or cooked a curry with a lot of spices, then you have already experienced the problems that can occur due to kitchen odors, leaving you wondering how to eliminate cooking odors.
Fish Smell in the Kitchen
Fish is a main problem when cooking, and even though it is incredibly healthy and a great way to get protein into your diet, when you cook it, you will have a fishy smell that can be difficult to get rid of. The tissue of your fish actually has a chemical in it called trimethylamine oxide. While this is an odorless chemical, once it is exposed to oxygen it will begin to break down. As it breaks down, it is changed into derivatives of ammonia. This is one of the most noxious odors that you can have in your kitchen. Because of the smell that can be produced when you cook fish, you need to have a plan as to how to get rid of cooking odors before you even start cooking.
There are some ways to prepare your fish that will reduce the triethylamine oxide present in the fish. Soaking your fish in milk and then refrigerating it for a few hours before you actually cook it can reduce the levels of triethylamine oxide. Unfortunately, this will not completely remove any of the fishy odors that you are used to when you do prepare and cook your fish.
The Reason for Fish Smells
Killing a fish will immediately make fish enzymes and bacteria convert TMAO into TMA (trimethylamine). This is what gives fish its characteristic odor. By rinsing the TMA off of the surface of the fish with tap water or treating the fish with acidic ingredients, you can work to bind the TMA and cause it to be much less volatile, preventing the odors from reaching your nose.
Freshwater fish are milder than saltwater fish, and this is due in part to the fact that they do not accumulate TMAO because of the differences in their environment. However, some freshwater fish tend to taste or smell muddy due to the presence of compounds that are produced by algae the fish eats.
Hold the Onion (Smell)
Another smell that can be difficult to get rid of in your home is the smell of onions. Odors from onions can actually damage the fabrics in your home, including carpeting and clothing. Other foods that are closely related to onions and will have similar smells when cooking include chives, leeks, garlic, and shallots.
The amino acid alliin in these foods will convert into allicin when the food is chopped, which will create sulfide compounds rather quickly. It is these compounds that are so smelly and contribute to the odor we associate with onions.
Curry and other spices will also produce odors in your home and leave you wondering how to get rid of kitchen odors. While the spices themselves don’t cause the odors, it is the change in their chemical composition while they are heated that causes the smell. When cooked, these spices release a fat-soluble essential oil that creates the aroma.
Heat will make these vapors spread through your home and increase the way that they smell. While curry smells amazing, the odors can absorb into your clothing, wallpaper, and other surfaces. It’s difficult to remove the smell with just air fresheners, and Odorox/Pyure hydroxyl processors are the best way to remove these odors. This equipment will be able to remove these odors not only from your kitchen, but also throughout the rest of your home, as well.
On March 22, I received a phone call from the President and chief mechanic at Infinity Air in Nashua, NH. They explained to me that they had a large fire in one of their airplane hangars. The fire had destroyed one airplane and the intense smoke and soot had penetrated a brand new Mooney Acclaim Type S aircraft. The owner of the smoke damaged Mooney who had stored his airplane in the hangar was beside himself and insistent on having the carpets, interior liners, leather seats, and flight instruments completely removed and rebuilt back to the original condition because he felt the smoke odors and residue would never fully be gone from his prized airplane (estimated cost was $25,000.00).
After several conversations with the demanding plane owner the airport personnel had calmed him down enough to agree to try and clean the aircraft before just 'gutting' it. They had called two cleaning companies before calling Allpro. Both companies stated they could clean the aircraft and rid the plane of odor. Their estimates to restore the aircraft were significantly higher.
When Infinity air had called me and told me all this information I had only one question for them 'How do the two other companies plan to attack the smoke odor inside the aircraft?'
The chief mechanic told me 'They plan on thoroughly cleaning the aircraft by hand then installing an ozone machine inside the cabin to eradicate and residual odors.' As you know ozone has been known to deteriorate plastics and rubber.
I was very adamant with the staff at infinity air NOT to let anyone deodorize an airplane with ozone. The last thing they need is an airplane with compromised rubber seals, fittings and gaskets.
They were so pleased that they called me because it was not explained to them by the other cleaning companies that ozone could affect the aircraft. They asked me how I would restore the airplane and I told them I would use soot sponges and neutral cleaners for the cleaning and then explained the Hydroxyl technology to them. They were amazed that this technology exist and were very impressed with my knowledge on how to properly clean an airplane. I told them I could completely restore the aircraft back to original condition for a fraction of the interior replacement cost and would guarantee the distraught owner of the plane would have no evidence of anything ever happening to his airplane.
Needless to say I was hired and 100% successful. Three days after the job was completed I called Infinity Air to get an update on the job. They couldn't say enough nice things about what we had accomplished and were even more amazed that the airplane had no evidence of soot or odor other than the 'new car' smell it had before the fire. The XL 3 and Boss systems are amazing and our number one tool now on all odor related jobs we do.
I have gotten nothing but rave reviews from adjusters who want to implement the Hydroxyl system on more restoration jobs.
My name is Jim Palmieri and I am the General Manager of Allpro Restoration Services in Glens Falls, NY. We are a local company that has been caring for and servicing water, smoke and fire damage customers in Upstate NY for close to 30 years now.
I recently was called by a real estate agent asking me if we had anything that would eliminate pet odors from a house they were trying to sell. They had two prospective buyer back out on this particular house due to the strong pet odors in it. Apparently the previous owners of the house raised Golden Retrievers inside the house complete with indoor kennel and doggie day care business. After the house was completely emptied and professionally cleaned, the odor of dogs was still prominently present.
The real estate company had another company come in the house and install ozone for three days. The odors were diminished but not enough to sell. I told them about the Hydroxyl system and what it can do. The agent agreed to let me install the hydroxyl system. After 24 hours we inspected the home and found no evidence of odor or that a single dog even lived there let alone an entire kennel. The agent was so impressed he asked Allpro to meet with the other agents in his office to explain the system and how it can help real estate agents sell homes quicker. They are now the third real estate company that calls us on a regular basis to deodorize properties before open houses and showings.
We also used the hydroxyl system on a house where an elderly man had lived alone for many years before he died. This gentleman repaired engines in his living room which as you could imagine left a large amount of grease and oil stains on his flooring as well as oil and gas odors throughout his home. After we professionally cleaned his home the only way we could eliminate the gas smell that permeated into the wall cavities was with the Hydroxyl system.
Thanks to Odorox and the Hydroxyl system. We continued to be amazed at it's capabilities and effectiveness.
James Palmieri ? General Manager
Allpro Cleaning & Restoration Services
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